The Coalition of the Poor, a collective of Durban civic organisations, has slammed the appointment of former eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede as a member of the provincial legislature, calling it a slap in the face of the citizens of the city. News24 reports that the group, which is represented by some of the city’s top civic organisations, said Gumede subjected citizens to “a terrible lack of service delivery”, as well as the alleged looting of city resources and alleged violent evictions during her tenure as mayor, charging that it is evident that the ANC is not interested in the plight of the people, but only in protecting their own. ANC KZN spokesperson Nhlakanipho Ntombela, however, welcomed her appointment and also subscribed to the notion of “innocent until proven guilty”.